Sept 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell before the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

Commissioner Goodell to provide federal courts with official bounty documents

Federal Magistrate Daniel Knowles requested on Tuesday that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell provide the court with legal documents dealing with the New Orleans Saints bounty investigation.

All of this has come about in riposte to Saints suspended linebacker Jonathan Vilma’s trouble to start the “discovery” process in his defamation case against Goodell. The Saints former defense captain states that the NFL has only allowed him to view but a minuscule portion of the documents that have to do with the bounty program.

Vilma will not be able to view the “evidence” being shown in court. Only court officials will be able to rule on the findings. This is all happening a day after Vilma re-filed a similar lawsuit asking for his suspension to be overturned. The lawsuit demands that Goodell is ineffective being the “neutral arbitrator” during the bounty rulings.

All players that are associated with the “bounty program” are technically allowed to play during this weekend’s games because of the appeals happening within a certain time frame. Ultimately, all players including Vilma are hoping for a ruling that will void out Goodell’s choice to suspend the players.

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  • Larry James

    NFL not like it use to be the commissioner can’t set down and talk to the players if there is problem with and organization. Now it heading to a federal court when it could have corrected in the with fairness, all needed to be done was proof of evidences.

  • Larry James

    The NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff, I bet they going to try and fight the Federal Court Judge this is how stupid they are. Just because you are the NFL commissioner don’t mean nothing to the federal Court, yes you have a CBA rules but are it treating the NFL organizations and players fairly. If not this is why this mess is in federal Court, these Judges in the federal court don’t care who you are you can be the President. You must have solid evidences in a federal Court this is not a kangoroo court, these Judges looking for solid evidences. I hope Roger Goodell don’t go in there talking about the CBA and telling the Judge what He or She can’t do.